You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the numbers tucked inside the news. 62 employees U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that it is investigating 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees after uncovering a closed Facebook group that scorned migrants and lawmakers. Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the agents could get counseling or face written reprimands, suspensions, demotions or firings. [The Associated Press] 241-241 “It was insane. It was pulsating. It was chaotic. It was breathtaking. It was cruel. It was unbelievable. It was extraordinary. It was epochal.” Such was the reaction of the cricket world to the World CupRead More →

In 2014, Dawoon Kang and Sara Margulis found themselves on the receiving end of piercing stares and prodding questions from five of the most famous investors in the U.S. They were contestants on “Shark Tank.” Kang and her two sister-cofounders, Soo and Arum, were pitching their 2-year-old startup, Coffee Meets Bagel. It’s is a dating app that positions itself as an alternative to swipe-right culture and a champion of slow, meaningful dating. Margulis and her husband, Josh, were pitching Honeyfund, a leading wedding-gift and honeymoon registry website — a brainchild based on their own honeymoon experience. They all looked slightly terrified, but none of themRead More →

Now that the MLB All-Star Game is over — with hometown favorite Shane Bieber winning MVP (despite not even being the most valuable pitcher on his own team) — the baseball world can finally turn its attention toward the stretch run of the season, in games that actually count. 2019 has given us some interesting twists already: For all the division races that have gone mostly according to expectations, there are several others that definitely haven’t, and the same goes for unexpected breakout players cropping up among the old standbys. So with a little help from our MLB Elo ratings and probabilities, let’s take aRead More →

Debt consolidation is one way of solving a multiple debt situation, and, as you would expect, there are several types of debt consolidation loans, each with its own pros and cons. If you have several monthly loan repayments to make and are finding it difficult to make the payments, debt consolidation might just be the answer. Bill Consolidation This is often referred to as credit counselling, whereby a debt management plan (DM) is put together. The credit counsellor will negotiate some concessions, such as lower interest rates and financial penalties with your creditors, and this leaves you with a single affordable monthly payment. This typeRead More →

We’ve got news: Your grocery receipts are a lot more valuable in your hand than in the trash.  Now, I’ll be honest… I’ve crumpled more receipts than I could ever count. I used to save them all, but the inside of my wallet started looking like something George Constanza would be proud of.  Once it got out of hand (like having years-old receipts…), I resorted to tossing them. Here’s why that was a mistake: Cash-back apps make it extremely easy to earn rewards for making purchases you were already going to make — and all you need is a receipt. 8 Apps That Will PayRead More →

The U.S. women’s national soccer team in 2015 — the last time New York threw a ticker-tape parade. Ira Black / Corbis via Getty Images A ticker-tape parade through lower Manhattan is pretty much the quintessential homecoming for American heroes. So it’s fitting that the conquering U.S. women’s soccer team — which won the World Cup on Sunday — will get its second parade in four years down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” on Wednesday morning. That’s an appropriate honor after one of the most dominating performances we’ve ever seen in all of sports history. Today’s ticker-tape parades in NYC go almost exclusively toRead More →